Jan 23, 2015

The Boy in the Dress by David Walliams

The sparkling debut children’s novel from David Walliams, number one bestseller and fastest growing children’s author in the country.
Illustrated by Quentin Blake and brilliantly written by David Walliams, The Boy in the Dress is full of the sharp humour and vivid characters you would expect from the co-creator and co-star of Little Britain.
It is also a timeless and hilarious fable about what happens when an ordinary boy does something extraordinary – and the way that people, even the petty and cruel, can surprise you in the end. Quentin's illustrious black and white drawings are interspersed throughout, forming a perfect accompaniment to this funny and touching story.


Dennis doesn't have much cheerfulness in his life. Ever since his mother left them his father has been miserable. It's just him, his father and his brother now. The only thing that makes Dennis feel alive is playing football. Dennis life is about to become a lot more exciting though. He loves to look at fashion photos and he's delighted when the most popular girl in his entire school, Lisa, asks him to come over to her house. Together they talk about clothes and make up and they look at beautiful dresses. When she encourages Dennis to try one on he's more happy than he's ever been. Lisa challenges him to be himself and to show it to the rest of the world. Will Dennis be allowed to be whoever he wants to be?
The Boy in the Dress is an amazing story about a boy who likes pretty dresses. Why shouldn't boys wear beautiful clothes? Dennis is fantastic, he's such a great person. He's kind, he's open-minded and he has a great feeling of what's right and wrong. The story is quite hilarious as Dennis manages to land himself in the most uncomfortable situations. The Boy in the Dress is simply delightful. I enjoyed this story so much. I like the idea that everyone should be able to do what makes them happy as long as it doesn't damage someone else. Dennis is a great example of how versatile one single personality can be if there aren't any boundaries, which is such a wonderful message. This book is warm, funny and creative and I highly recommend it. 

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